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Luke Willis Thompson up for prestigious UK fine art prize

Friday, 27 April 2018, 2:51 pm | Joseph Cederwall

London-based 30-year-old New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson has been shortlisted for one of the world's most prestigious annual art prizes - The 2018 Turner Prize More >>

NZ artist Luke Willis Thompson shortlisted for Turner Prize

Friday, 27 April 2018, 2:47 pm | RNZ

For a work in which he collaborated with the partner of a US police shooting victim. More >>

Review: Incremental Destruction - The Death of Stalin

Friday, 27 April 2018, 1:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The literature on his blood-soaked rule has reached Babel Tower proportions. Joseph Stalin, who presided over a state transformed and tormented, has been a difficult subject to portray. His period of rule, its cruelty stupendous and murderous, has ... More >>

Govt are repackaging National transport projects - MP

Friday, 27 April 2018, 12:53 pm | RNZ

The National Party says the government has simply adopted its vision for transport in Auckland. More >>

Fuel-car levy could subsidise electric vehicles - govt

Friday, 27 April 2018, 12:16 pm | RNZ

The government is considering putting a levy on imported petrol vehicles to help subsidise electric cars. More >>

On the need for immediate action on WINZ

Friday, 27 April 2018, 10:37 am | Gordon Campbell

So the old saying goes, the main difference between the centre-right and centre-left is that both believe in market solutions, but the centre-left spends a lot more time worrying about the effects, afterwards. (If only market capitalism could be nicer ... More >>

SSC investigation into Thompson + Clark could include DoC

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 4:25 pm | RNZ

From Checkpoint , 5:15 pm on 24 April 2018 Zac Fleming , Checkpoint Producer Benedict Collins , Political Reporter More >>

Govt bureaucracy needs 'political laxative' - Jones

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 4:08 pm | RNZ

The Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones wants politicians to have more control over the state sector, even though state sector workers must be politically neutral and independent. More >>

Auckland airport charges 'not justified' - Comm Comm

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 3:45 pm | RNZ

Auckland International Airport's forecast profits for the next five years look too high and will cost passengers more to fly, the Commerce Commission says. More >>

'Poor families really can't wait' for Work and Income change

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 3:11 pm | RNZ

An announcement on the government's welfare system overhaul can be expected in the next three to four weeks, the Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says. Carmel Sepuloni said under the previous government, it became more difficult for people ... More >>

Worst Possible Pick for U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 2:46 pm | David Swanson

In Joseph Hickman’s book Murder at Camp Delta , he describes a hideous death camp in which guards were trained to view the prisoners as sub-human and much greater care was taken to protect the well-being of iguanas than homo sapiens. Chaos was ... More >>

On the perils of using PPPs to meet Auckland’s roading needs

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 1:42 pm | Gordon Campbell

More than once, the coalition government has ruled out using public private partnerships (PPPs) to fund the country’s infrastructure needs in health and education – apparently private profiteering in those areas is recognised as being undesirable. Not the same ... More >>

Watch live: New $30b plan to tackle Auckland transport woes

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 12:37 pm | RNZ

Nearly $30 billion will be spent on Auckland transport in the next 10 years, partly funded by a fuel tax, private finance and tolls. More >>

Op-ed: Time to look beyond labour and consumption taxes

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 8:46 am | PSA

New Zealanders need public services, and healthy New Zealand communities need good public services. But it’s time to look beyond labour and consumption taxes to raise the revenue we need for them, PSA National Secretaries Glenn Barclay and Erin Polaczuk ... More >>

Plunder Down Under: Rot in Australia’s Financial Services

Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 4:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has all the elements of a crudely crafted if effective tale: banks and other financial services, founded, proud of their standing in society; financial service providers, with such pride, effectively charging the earth for providing elementary services; ... More >>

Post Cabinet Press Conference 24/04/2018 – Veterans Funding

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 5:11 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern held a Post Cabinet press conference today on the announcement of Government funding for support of New Zealand’s returned service men and women with a particular focus on support for post-traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) . More >>

Commonwealth trade deal 'long way off' - Minister

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 12:44 pm | RNZ

Any possible Commonwealth free trade deal is a long way off, Trade Minister David Parker says. More >>

'We need culture change at the ministry' - PM

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 12:35 pm | RNZ

Stopping a woman's benefit before a tip she was cheating the system had been properly investigated is "not okay", and a culture change at the ministry is needed, says the prime minister. More >>

On why France could become our closest ally in Europe

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

As PM Jacinda Ardern returns from a triumphant tour to Britain and the capitals of Europe, her officials have probably begun to assess what the more substantive gains from the trip might have been. Most of the chatter has been about potential trade ... More >>

Remembering the troops from our patch

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 9:16 am | Don Franks

At the end of our street, there’s a little stone memorial. It was raised in 1920, for local working people whose lives were cut short or ruined by the Great War. The young men from Holloway Road and surrounding streets came from tiny dwellings of ... More >>

North Korea: 'It's the next steps that are important' says P

Monday, 23 April 2018, 4:58 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cautiously welcomed North Korea's move to halt all weapons testing - saying it lays the foundation for a conversation about further disarmament. More >>

Bankrolling the big prizes for NZ journalism

Monday, 23 April 2018, 4:22 pm | RNZ

The awards for the best New Zealand journalism have been sponsored by a global camera-maker, a paint firm and even Australia’s national airline in recent years. Now a local ISP is picking up the tab. Voyager boss Seeby Woodhouse tell s Mediawatch he's been ... More >>

Tackling money-laundering in NZ: More needs to be done

Monday, 23 April 2018, 12:36 pm | RNZ

Opinion - Does the news that Auckland-based wealth-management company Denton Morrell may be caught up in a money-laundering controversy mean the reforms introduced following the Shewan Inquiry in 2016 didn't go far enough? More >>

Excitement over Commonwealth-wide free trade agreement

Monday, 23 April 2018, 12:32 pm | RNZ

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is talking up the prospect of a free trade agreement between all 53 commonwealth nations after discussions in London over the weekend. More >>

Quantifying climate change policy changes a difficult exercise

Sunday, 22 April 2018, 7:03 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Westpac commissioned study on the economic impact of climate change and climate change policy has some assumptions which means it could be optimistic. More >>

Military and media missiles

Friday, 20 April 2018, 4:14 pm | David Cooke

President Trump's speech on the US-led missile strike on Syria will no doubt resonate enthusiastically with his base in the US, and to judge from letters to the editor, with his supporters in NZ. But there are good reasons for not getting too dewy-eyed ... More >>

Urban sprawl eating up NZ's productive land - report

Friday, 20 April 2018, 3:04 pm | RNZ

The government plans to make it harder for councils to approve new homes and lifestyle blocks on productive land near urban areas. More >>

Fair Enough? - Tax HiveMind Midpoint Update

Friday, 20 April 2018, 2:39 pm | HiveMind

Join our HiveMind exploration on this important issue: Fair enough? How should New Zealanders be taxed More >>

The present day composer refuses to die – NZSO plays Zappa

Friday, 20 April 2018, 1:23 pm | Joseph Cederwall

The first of the NZSO’s Shed Series concerts at the more informal and intimate space of Wellington's Shed 6 last Friday night featured music composed by, or with a connection to Frank Zappa. Zappa, a psychedelic rock legend, activist and popular ... More >>

MFAT used Thompson + Clark for security at TPP protest

Friday, 20 April 2018, 11:22 am | RNZ

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade used controversial firm Thompson + Clark to provide security services for the 2016 Trans Pacific Partnership signing in Auckland. More >>

On Thompson+ Clark, and Russia’s FIFA World Cup

Friday, 20 April 2018, 11:12 am | Gordon Campbell

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark, which has ... More >>

Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 4:14 pm | RNZ

The chances of a crash in house prices are not high, but some controls on lending are needed, according to new Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr. More >>

No Flies in Syria

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 2:59 pm | Paul Martin

The recent cruise missile attack by the U.S. and its allies the U.K. and France (former colonial exploiters in the region) raises some interesting dilemmas for Western military planners. More >>

NZ losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 2:48 pm | RNZ

A new report has found New Zealand is losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year from erosion. More >>

The Daphne Project: New Zealand still a haven for some?

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 12:00 pm | RNZ

Nicky Hager: An Auckland company may be caught up in an international money laundering controversy after it was identified helping to manage a network of New Zealand-registered companies and trusts for its secret clients. More >>

NZ 'prevented harm being done' by state-backed hacks - PM

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:50 am | RNZ

New Zealand's spy agencies have had to take action to stop hacking attacks by foreign powers from doing harm here, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

NZNO seeks to derail nurses’ struggle

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:37 am | Socialist Equality Group

Over the past week thousands of healthcare workers and their supporters have rallied outside hospitals across New Zealand to demand decent wages and working conditions. More >>

The Bullish And Bearish Case For Oil

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:16 am | James Stafford

Oil prices could rise due to the “perfect storm of stagnant supply, geopolitical risk, and a harsh winter,” according to an April 12 note from Barclays. More >>

Irrigation body confident of big projects despite govt cuts

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:57 pm | RNZ

Irrigation New Zealand is confident that an end to government subsidies will not spell the end of large-scale irrigation projects. More >>

Seabed mining consent challenged in court

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:54 pm | RNZ

Consent to mine ironsand off the south Taranaki coast was approved without proper data to show how many endangered species live there, the High Court has been told. More >>

NZ government supports imperialist assault on Syria

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:10 pm | World Socialist Web Site

New Zealand Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on April 14 that New Zealand “accepted” the US-British-French missile strikes on Syria. Ardern revealed that her government had been informed about the attack hours in advance. More >>

Minister surprised journalist included in reference group

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 2:35 pm | RNZ

The Minister responsible for New Zealand's spy agencies is surprised that a journalist has been included on a new reference group established by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. More >>

The Unintentional Extremist: Israel Folau

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 1:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What limits opinions? Especially by sportspeople, who are often confused for geniuses of the mind and ambassadors of tact outside their very limited field of endeavour. (Yes, he can dribble a ball with sigh-inducing majesty, so he must know a thing or ... More >>

Cracking the Enigma Code (of NZ foreign policy)

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:45 pm | RNZ

Analysis - To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. More >>

EQC Minister: Houses not properly assessed could cost millions

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:36 pm | RNZ

The government could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars over the Earthquake Commission's failure to assess earthquake damage in Christchurch, Minister Responsible for EQC Megan Woods says. More >>

PM's Europe trip highlights delicate nature of trade agreeme

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:30 pm | RNZ

There was a time when New Zealand prime ministers made an annual pilgrimage to Europe, cap in hand, imploring incumbents of gilded palaces not to cut New Zealand's UK butter quota. Times have now changed - New Zealand is still talking trade but, judging by ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB’s security hang-up with Russia

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:58 am | Gordon Campbell

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed : More >>

The Winners and Loser of our tax system

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:13 am | The Opportunities Party

Taxation has very much been in the limelight in recent weeks. We have the seen the government chastised for a plan to implement increased taxes on fuel by around 10c per litre over the next few years. There has been the constant spectre of the Tax ... More >>

Gaza and the Media Cover-up

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:40 am | Ramzy Baroud

The term 'media bias’ does not do justice to the western corporate media's relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, ... More >>

Macron’s Syria Game

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 3:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring ... More >>

On the chemical weapons attack (and response) in Syria

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 12:59 pm | Gordon Campbell

The past week’s headlines about the chemical attacks in Syria - and the military response by the US, France and Britain - have tended to overshadow a few of the downstream outcomes. For starters, the chemical weapons assault on Douma seems to have succeeded ... More >>

One News/Colmar Brunton Poll - April 16

Monday, 16 April 2018, 6:23 pm | The Scoop Team

National - 44 percent, up one percentage point. Labour – 43 percent, down five points Greens - six percent, up one NZ First -five percent, up two. Maori Party - one percent, unchanged. More >>

Fair enough? How should New Zealanders be taxed?

Monday, 16 April 2018, 4:19 pm | HiveMind

Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind. More >>

Expressway past Levin a high stakes game

Monday, 16 April 2018, 3:14 pm | Veronica Harrod

The land and property development agenda of Horowhenua District Council and council's in-house economic development board would implode if the New Zealand Transport Agency decides not to proceed with the expressway past Levin, demonstrating just how high ... More >>

On the prevailing media narratives about the Govt coalition

Monday, 16 April 2018, 2:07 pm | Gordon Campbell

The media reports the facts…. but that’s not the end of it, and nor should it be. It also marshals those facts and creates a story from them, usually one with a moral that’s implied or explicit. After six months though, it is still unclear ... More >>

Blind Assault: Trump Strikes Syria

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 4:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Feeling that some display of force was needed, US president Donald Trump issued orders on Friday to demonstrate some form of muscle, albeit exercised some thousands of miles away. “A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch ... More >>

ECE problems bigger than official figures show

Friday, 13 April 2018, 4:38 pm | RNZ

Problems in the early childhood sector run much deeper than official complaint figures indicate, an early childhood researcher says. More >>

NZ-EU trade deal negotiations tipped for May

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:26 pm | RNZ

Formal negotiations for a trade deal between New Zealand and the EU are set to get the green-light in just over a month, National MP Todd McClay says. More >>

Trump employing R2P to save the remaining Syrian people?

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:23 pm | Franklin Lamb

The word in parts of Beirut this morning is that Trump’s bluster about bombing Syria in the next few days is, are like many of his emotional threats during his three months in office, to be taken with a shovel of salt. Few are rushing to grocery ... More >>

Oil exploration: Govt faces reality of coalition marriage

Friday, 13 April 2018, 2:43 pm | RNZ

Power Play - Shane Jones' face during the three party media conference at Parliament on the future of mining for oil and gas in New Zealand said it all. More >>